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Senior Electro Optical R&D Engineer

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Filter by Date: Dec 7, 2018

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43612 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia) 

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


Summary of Responsibilities

We are looking for a Sr. Electro-Optical Engineer to support Research & Development (R&D) work in the in the Research and Technology Department, GEOINT Innovations Office.As a partner in the Imagery Programs Division, National Systems Group, you will provide direct customer support to the government program managers of the GEOINT Research and Technology (R&T) Group, National Reconnaissance Office.  The primary role is providing technical support to R&D of EO technology projects for space payloads.

Key Functions

  • Technical and programmatic support of R&T EO programs as well as directly interfacing with government program managers 
  • Planning, tasking and managing of activities with Aerospace Engineering Matrix Support and Technology and Lab Operations resources to perform R&D that:
  • influences and supports R&T investment strategy and decisions;
  • develops metrics to measure R&D progress; 
  • enhances and provides mission assurance (MA) to the R&D projects; 
  • performs verification and validation on the technology 
  • provides feedback to improve the technology and its chance for success
  • Developing strong working knowledge of the R&T EO portfolio and relevant advanced technology developments.
  • Support PMRs and design reviews for EO projects
  • Tracking and reporting Aerospace accomplishments to senior corporate and customer management
  • Moderate travel required


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, electrical engineering, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution 
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience
  • Working knowledge and experience with electro-optical technology
  • Ability to work closely with government program management
  • Ability to work in a highly dynamic Program Office environment with a mix of government, FFRDC, and SETA personnel
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership and communications skills
  • Current TS/SSBI

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in physics, electrical engineering, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution 
  • Demonstrated experience with NRO programs
  • Strong background in electro-optical imaging systems and technology
  • Previous experience with GEOINT programs and passive and active imaging technologies
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting the development of state-of-the-art, advanced technology capabilities
  • Understanding of device physics
  • Familiarity with the broader science and technology community
  • Experience working with remote sensing payloads 
  • Working knowledge of Aerospace Engineering Matrix and Technology and Laboratory Operations capabilities

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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